The First Step
to Hope & Healing is HERE




How Can we Help?

The First Step is an initiative to assist survivors of sexual assault by conducting a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Exam (SANE Exam). We aim to support, treat and empower survivors.

What is a SANE Exam?

SANE exams are completed within 5 days, or 120 hours, of abuse taking place. During a SANE exam the survivor will receive a complete medical exam which includes, but is not limited to, assessing for injuries, providing prophylactic STI, HIV and pregnancy medication, and collecting evidence for law enforcement. At our private SANE facility, located within the NMCAC, the victim is the only patient with a SANE and a trauma informed advocate. 

What is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)?

SANE stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. SANE’s working with our program are experienced, specially trained and trauma informed. All exams are provided by these nurses at one of the NMCAC locations in Roscommon or Tawas City, MI.  

Trained Examiners

The victims receives a complete medical exam by our specially trained examiners

Complete Medical Exam

Our exam consists of assessing injuries, providing prophylactic STD, HIV, and pregnancy prophylactic medication

Private Rooms

Patient is provided with a private room with a trauma informed advocate in our central facility

Completely FREE

The services provided by The First Step are free of cost

Advanced Equipment

We have highly advanced equipment which can precisely detect very small injuries

Choice to Report

We provide healthcare services to every victim regardless of whether or not they decide they want to report to law enforcement.


Who We Are & What We Do

Since the foundation of The First Step in 2017, we have been working tirelessly to help the victims of sexual assaults. We have been working together with local emergency departments, law enforcement, shelters and the community to provide state of the art healthcare services to all victims of sexual assault.

Because you deserve the best Care.

We care about YOU. You are not alone. We are here for you.